Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/oneflower.jpg. After spending the morning at Hollywood Studios with a brief stop at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa & DVC, we’ll check out what’s going on at Magic Kingdom.
For those of you that prefer your photos unedited and “in focus,” this is the same angle.
As much as it pains me and as seldom as it happens, you could make a solid argument that Touring Plans got this one right. Magic Kingdom is “not recommended” on this website and Touring Plans had it as their only “Best Park.” Magic Kingdom was originally recommended on Saturdays because Disney had originally scheduled evening Extra Magic Hours on Fridays and Sundays as they have in the past. With the Friday set of evening Extra Magic Hours removed unexpectedly, Magic Kingdom’s positive recommendation moved to Friday with the expectation that locals coupled with those leaving on Sunday would cause Magic Kingdom to be busier on Saturdays than Fridays. In June, Fridays and Saturdays were similarly crowded and actual crowds and wait times seemed to be driven by weather far more than day of the week. As I’ve mentioned before, with the standard operating/entertainment schedule every day over the summer in addition to the severe reduction of Extra Magic Hours over the last two years, there are not a lot of forces driving crowds over the summer and crowds don’t waver all that much from one day to the next.
That’s Mary Poppins greeting guests in the corner to the right of The Chapeau. She meets intermittently from 9:20am – 2:45pm.
Mickey and Minnie Salt and Pepper Shakers.
I’ll have a more robust merchandise update in the next couple of days, but these bags caught my eye as being a little “off.”
I’m not sure if “The Harveys” are a thing. The bags are not cheap.
One side has the baddie. Always an aging female?
And then the poor young woman on the other side.
If you see something you like or want to see the 154 options, check out SeatbeltBags.com and search for “Disney.” Or check out the bags when you arrive.
Disney is doing the 20% off merchandise discount in the morning again. This coupon will print along with your receipt at select quick services through August 6th:
The coupon prints at least at:
- Flame Tree BBQ
- Kusafiri Coffee
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments
- Electric Umbrella
- Liberty Tree Inn
- Sunshine Seasons
- Yorkshire Fish
- ABC Commissary
- Backlot Express
- Pizza Planet
- Starring Rolls
- Studio Catering Company
- Sunset Ranch Market – Catalina Eddies, Fairfax Fare, Rosie’s All American Diner
- Casey’s Corner
- Columbia Harbor House
- Cosmic Ray’s
- Main Street Bakery
- Pecos Bill
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Tomorrowland Terrace
You may see the coupon print elsewhere. Considering us Annual Passholders only get 10% off these days, you may want to look out for the coupon if you’re planning to purchase something. Note it’s valid only until 1pm.
One cinnamon roll please. Main Street Bakery crowds vary wildly depending on time of day. The fact there are seemingly few people here around 2:15pm doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of interest, especially with six registers going and 25+ front-of-house cast members. Speaking of cast, they seem to be getting the hang of things. Wait times for drinks were in the five to fifteen minute range on day one, as one might expect with a completely new system. I only waited about three minutes for my latte on this particular day, if that.
Disney switched out the cinnamon roll picture for a scone. How thoughtful.
New Valencia Orange has been added to the Refreshers lineup.
The case that ruins vacations. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/sbuxcase.jpg.
72.8% of a Venti Skinny Vanilla Iced Latte. Or something. I don’t really know, when I got to counter I panicked, pointed, and said “Iced.”
Warning: Language inappropriate for the Mickey Mouse crowd.
It’s 2:30pm and the wait for Buzz is 40 minutes. That is not all that bad for this time of day in the summer.
If it weren’t for FASTPASS, Buzz could move through this many people in around 15 minutes. But the actual standby wait is dictated directly by how many people return with FASTPASSes while you’re in the regular line. Just like any other FASTPASS attraction.
A 70 minute wait for Space Mountain at 2:35pm. Longer than any of us would like to wait, but not bad for summer. We’ve seen 120 minute and 180 minute waits a little later in the afternoon, though the Parade does pull people away until 3:15pm.
FASTPASS+ signage at Tomorrowland Speedway. If you’re interested in riding once FASTPASS+ rolls out, it seems like this would be a good use of it. Hopefully Disney will go ahead with plans to increase Magic Kingdom FASTPASS+ opportunities to five. That’s part of the rationale for why Magic Kingdom single day tickets are now more expensive than single day tickets to the other Parks.
Ribs still aren’t available until after 4pm. Then the Ribs and Chicken/Ribs Combo become available. Cosmic Ray’s has a new Orange Cream Slush for $3.99, though it was only pictured, not listed as a beverage.
The full lunch menu. Dinner only adds the rib and chicken/rib combo. The menu is otherwise unchanged. Speaking of dinner, in addition to the pasta at Pinocchio Village Haus that recently became available, Pecos Bill has added “Karubi Style Short Ribs – Two to Three Bone Meaty Cut Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Fries – $14.19” for dinner (after 4pm). I’m not sure getting into the fast-food-short-rib business is a good idea for a company that has not quite perfected the art of the hot dog, but the short ribs couldn’t be worse than the Pork Glop Platter. I hope. I pray.
Said Orange Cream Slush. It’s a bit on the tart side, but not necessarily in a way that makes it undrinkable and stirring in the thicker-than-whipped-cream-out-of-a-can cream sweetens things up. It’s a little more tart than your typical glass of Tropicana orange. It might be a touch too tart for general consumption, but I appreciated the fact that it wasn’t aggressively sweet. It also enjoyed a texture similar to Butterbeer over at Universal rather than your prototypical Disney frozen beverage. After drinking half of most Disney frozen beverages, you end up with that mass of bare ice at the bottom that’s difficult to suck through the straw. This one was easy to drink until the end and comes recommended if you like tart, orange things.
Casey Jr. water flow had either been purposefully turned down or was broken. It looked like the various animals were urinating on the kids rather than the other way around.
Per usual, the wait for the ladies is longer than the gentlemen.
Outside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, there is rarely much of a crowd. This is one of the better places to take a break if you don’t mind being outdoors. Other tables have umbrellas as pictured on the left. There are two snack carts here – one serves hot dogs while the other serves pretzels and churros. Theming is excellent, but virtually nobody trudges all the way back here, causing Disney to normally operate one of the two carts. Today, neither cart was operating, so don’t bank on picking up a dog or churro back here – NOT LIKE ANYONE WAS ANYWAY.
This is the first time I remember seeing the Sorcerer Mickey candy apples. Totes adorbs.
Mine Train construction continues.
A wide look through the wall. Full resolution: http://i5.minus.com/iE0hMKdz22WeZ.jpg.
There’s an impressive amount of banking and turns. They’re further along inside than you might imagine too.
More scaffolding at Triton’s Treasures.
Another exposed wall. Or as I call it, THE FACE OF PROGRESS.
Looks like we’re still a few weeks away from the store opening.
No signs of signage or exterior details at Fairytale Hall.
Peter Pan Corridor.
Heading into 3:30pm, Pan sits at 60 minutes with FASTPASS “just” three hours out to 6:25pm.
A symptom of FASTPASS+ gerrymandering?
30 minutes for it’s a small world. I was looking over wait times at small world compared to the same time of year in 2012 and waits times are 30% to 50% higher this year on the same days of the week. There’s a similar phenomenon at Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion.
Speaking of Mansion, the line starts down there somewhere.
Scrims came down on Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, The Adventureland Veranda, and Hall of Champions on Main Street all on the same day.
It seemed odd that they would unveil the building without the roof properly shingled.
Not to mention the lack of signage.
The Presidential Sweet was added for the holiday – it’s almost exactly like The American Dream over at Fife & Drum Tavern. And it is amazing.
Splash Mountain had been down for several hours and Disney deemed “lightning in the area” and closed down all outdoor attractions, despite the blue sky.
Approaching Splash from Adventureland, some poor child exclaimed, “Mom, it’s up! There’s running water!” Soon, child. Soon.
The posted wait was 15 minutes for Pirates. This is probably not a 15 minute line. I get a kick out of people approaching a ride with a relatively short wait time – say Space Mountain with a 20 minute wait. Once they get closer, the sign changes to say, 50 minutes. The potential riders look at each other and say, “Now it’s 50 minutes” as if somehow during their 30 second approach the wait time has increased by a half hour.
Jungle Cruise down.
More blue sky over Aladdin’s Magical Carpets. It did end up raining about 45 minutes later, but I’m not sure I saw any lightning. Better safe than sorry.
Monster Energy Drinks have been rolling out property wide. Packing 54 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 160 grams of caffeine, they’ll either pick you up or put you in the ground.
Adventureland Veranda had been behind scrims for several months as well. The entrance to the Tinker Bell Meet and Greet is through the doors on the left.
Not sure what they’ll end up doing with the space – potentially food service of some kind.
Hall of Champions is another refurbishment success. There are currently no scrims inside Magic Kingdom.
Apparently these are a thing now. Please don’t. Please.
No big updates on the Magic Kingdom front. We’ll take a look at some merchandise, lunch at Olivia’s and an Old Key West Resort update, and July 4th at Epcot with a very patriotic dinner at Le Cellier shortly.